European Journal of Breast Health
Original Article

Informational Needs of Postmastectomy Patients


Division of Nursing, Department of Surgical Nursing, Trakya University School of Health Sciences, Edirne, Turkey

Eur J Breast Health 2016; 12: 155-157
DOI: 10.5152/tjbh.2016.3062
Read: 6 Downloads: 1 Published: 24 July 2019


Objective: The aim of this study was to determine informational needs of postmastectomy patients.


Materials and Methods: This descriptive study was conducted in the general surgery clinics of a university health center for medical research and practice with 72 voluntary patients. For data collection, a patient identification form was used, which was prepared by the researchers in accordance with the literature.


Results: The mean age of the patients was 52.66±13.39 years, 87% were married, 58% had primary school education, 76% had moderate economic status, and 53% had undergone simple mastectomy. It was determined that 83% of the patients wanted to be informed about hospital and home care interventions, 82% about symptoms and prevention of post-surgical problems, 76% regarding breast cancer and treatment options, and in the range of 54-68%, patients wanted information on the effects of surgery on the body, shoulder and arm exercises, breast self-examination, the effects of breast cancer on family and work life, lymphedema and prevention interventions. 


Conclusion: We recommend that patients with mastectomy should be informed about topics including care interventions, breast cancer and treatment options, effects of surgery, and reducing these effects. 

EISSN 2587-0831